Yakima, Washington

Yakima: The second most populous city in Yakima County, Washington. It is located on the Yakima River in central Washington. Yakima is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Yakima Valley Museum and the Central Washington University campus.


Yakima is a city located in the county of Yakima in the U.S. state of Washington. Its population at the 2010 census was 91,067. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 94,322 inhabitants.

The city was created 177 years ago in 1846.

Yakima is located in south central Washington state, situated along the Yakima River. The area was originally home to the Yakama Nation people. In the 1850s, settlers established a trading post called Yakima City around the Catholic St. Joseph's Mission.

Yakima City was officially incorporated in 1883. The Northern Pacific Railroad connecting the area in 1884 helped Yakima grow into an agricultural hub and trading center. By the early 1900s, orchards, hop fields and vineyards made Yakima Valley a top fruit producing region.

Key Local Industries and Attractions

Today, some of Yakima's major industries include:

  • Agriculture and food processing - apples, cherries, hops, mint, grapes
  • Winemaking - over 80 wineries in Yakima Valley
  • Outdoor recreation - hiking, fishing, rafting, cycling
  • Military - Joint Base Lewis-McChord operates Yakima Training Center

Top attractions in Yakima include:

  • Yakima Greenway - a 16 mile recreation trail
  • Capitol Theatre - restored 1920s era performing arts center
  • Yakima Valley Museum - regional history and culture
  • Cowiche Canyon Conservancy - hiking amid basalt rock formations

Demographics and Local Culture

As of 2019, Yakima had an estimated population of 93,572 people. Around 47% of residents are Hispanic/Latino.

Yakima offers an affordable cost of living compared to other cities in Washington. The culture reflects strong agricultural roots along with Native American, Anglo and Hispanic influences. Popular events include Cinco de Mayo celebrations, cultural festivals and sports tournaments.

With its scenic location, wine tourism and rich history, Yakima offers a distinctive Pacific Northwest experience focused on outdoor recreation and diverse cultures.

Yakima locator map
Location of Yakima on Washington map.

Quick Facts about Yakima

Population : 94,322 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Washington (United States)
County : Yakima County
Postal code : 98903, 98907, 98908, 98909, 98902, 98904, 98901
Phone Area Codes : 509
Altitude : 1,066 feet / 325, 1066 meters
Capital city : Yakima is capital of Yakima County
Establishment : January 01, 1847 (177 years ago)
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone, UTC−08:00, UTC−07:00
Local time : 04:53:58 (15th July 2024)
Population growth : 3.45% (2010-2020)
Yakima WA from Lookout Point image
Yakima WA from Lookout Point
Yakima WA from Lookout Point image


Yakima is located at 46°36'7"N 120°30'21"W (46.6020700, -120.5059000).

Yakima map

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The population of Yakima increased by 3.45% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 91,067 - census
2011 92,605 1.66% estimation process
2012 92,654 0.05% estimation process
2013 92,713 0.06% estimation process
2014 92,790 0.08% estimation process
2015 92,953 0.18% estimation process
2016 93,429 0.51% estimation process
2017 93,500 0.08% estimation process
2018 93,548 0.05% estimation process
2019 93,637 0.1% estimation process
2020 94,322 0.73% estimation process

Yakima zip code is 98901. County name: Yakima, County fips: 53077

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People born in Yakima (80)

People born in Yakima, including economist Robert Lucas, actor Kyle MacLachlan, costume designer Colleen Atwood, .


  • Sam Kinison (American comedian (1953-1992)) he was born in 08/12/1953
  • Barbara La Marr (actress (1896-1926)) she was born in 28/07/1896
  • Jim Rohn (American motivational speaker) he was born in 17/09/1930
  • Janet Waldo (American actress) she was born in 04/02/1919
  • Catherine Dean May (American politician (1914-2004)) she was born in 18/05/1914
  • Stephen McAlpine (American lawyer and politician) he was born in 23/05/1949
  • Llyn Foulkes (American artist) he was born in 17/11/1934
  • Sid Morrison (American politician) he was born in 13/05/1933
  • Christopher Wiehl (American actor) he was born in 29/10/1970
  • Damon Huard (Player of American football) he was born in 09/07/1973
  • Eric Hull (American baseball player) he was born in 03/12/1979
  • Kathryn Gustafson (American landscape architect) she was born in 01/01/1951
  • Debbie Macomber (American writer) she was born in 22/10/1948
  • Don Mosebar (All-American college football player, professional football player, offensive lineman) he was born in 11/09/1961
  • Bob Wells (American baseball player) he was born in 01/11/1966
  • Bryan Caraway (American martial artist) he was born in 04/08/1984
  • Cary Conklin (American football player) he was born in 29/02/1968
  • Chief Yowlachie (Native American actor from Yakima tribe in Washington state, known for playing supporting roles and bit parts in numerous films (1891-1966)) he was born in 15/08/1891

Schools in Yakima

College & universities near Yakima, WA

Code Name City ZIP
237109 Yakima Valley College Yakima (WA) 98907-2520
236212 Perry Technical Institute Yakima (WA) 98903-1296
455406 Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences Yakima (WA) 98901
490294 Elite Cosmetology Barber & Spa Academy Yakima (WA) 98902-5105
235422 Heritage University Toppenish (WA) 98948

Stations (9)

Amtrak & bus stations near Yakima, WA

Code Name Address Type
QUC Quincy, Washington 102 B St NE BUS
WEN Columbia Station Kittitas & South Columbia Sts. RAIL
EPR Ephrata, WA 1352 Basin Street SW BUS
EPH Ephrata 24 Alder St NW RAIL
LEV Leavenworth, Washington Hwy 2 and 12th St. BUS

Post offices near Yakima

Post Office Name City ZIP
Central Post Office Yakima (WA) 98901
Yakima Post Office Yakima (WA) 98903
Selah Post Office Selah (WA) 98942
Union Ga Post Office Union Gap (WA) 98903
Mox Post Office Moxee (WA) 98936

Other cities in Yakima County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Yakima County , WA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Sunnyside 16,325 City in Washington, United States
Grandview 11,029 City in Washington, United States
Toppenish 8,766 City in Yakima County, Washington, United States
Selah 8,138 City of the United States
Terrace Heights 6,937 Census designated place
Union Gap 6,160 City in Yakima County, Washington, United States
Wapato 4,980 City in Washington
Granger 3,882 Human settlement in Yakima County, Washington, United States of America
Ahtanum 3,601 Census designated place
Zillah 3,135 City in Washington
Gleed 2,906 Census designated place
Mabton 2,267 City in Yakima County, Washington, United States
Tieton 1,316 City in Yakima County, Washington, United States
Naches 841 Human settlement in Yakima County, Washington, United States of America
White Swan 793 CDP in Washington, United States
Harrah 638 Town of the United States

Distance to Other Cities

Yakima distances to largest Washington cities